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Communicating With Nematodes for Better Farming

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Pheronym increases the effectiveness of commercially available beneficial nematodes, allowing for a widespread adoption of a proven organic farming technique.

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Pheronym increases the effectiveness of commercially available beneficial nematodes, allowing for a widespread adoption of a proven organic farming technique.

Brightening Our Corner Newsletter - November 2020

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Ray Anderson always said "Brighten the corner where you are." His foundation still has lots of stories to share in their quarterly newsletter.

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Ray Anderson always said "Brighten the corner where you are." His foundation still has lots of stories to share in their quarterly newsletter.

How the Nanostructure of a Butterfly Wing Inspired a Better Way to Purify Air

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Metalmark addresses the global air pollution crisis by turning contaminated fumes into breathable air. Inspired by the structural coloration, aerodynamics, strength, lightness, and water repellency of butterfly wings, they are creating high-performance catalytic materials that can purify both indoor and outdoor air.

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Metalmark addresses the global air pollution crisis by turning contaminated fumes into breathable air. Inspired by the structural coloration, aerodynamics, strength, lightness, and water repellency of butterfly wings, they are creating high-performance catalytic materials that can purify both indoor and outdoor air.

Helicoid Industries, Ray of Hope Prize Finalist, Designs With Inspiration From Mantis Shrimp

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Helicoid Industries is making lighter, stronger, and more impact resistant composites by applying the same internal architecture found in the mantis shrimp’s extremely durable club.

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Helicoid Industries is making lighter, stronger, and more impact resistant composites by applying the same internal architecture found in the mantis shrimp’s extremely durable club.

Seeking the top Nature-Inspired Startup for the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize

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Applications are now open for the 2021 Ray of Hope Prize®, organized by the Biomimicry Institute in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. This $100,000 Prize is awarded annually to the top nature-inspired startup, and applications are due November 20, 2020.

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Applications are now open for the 2021 Ray of Hope Prize®, organized by the Biomimicry Institute in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. This $100,000 Prize is awarded annually to the top nature-inspired startup, and applications are due November 20, 2020.

Nanomik Biotechnology Protects Crops From Fungi Using Biomimetic Principles

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Nanomik Biotechnology protects crops from fungi by controlling the release of plant defense molecules found throughout nature.

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Nanomik Biotechnology protects crops from fungi by controlling the release of plant defense molecules found throughout nature.

spotLESS Materials: Sprayable Coatings That Repel Liquid, Sludge, Bacteria, and More

Finalists for the 2020 Ray of Hope Prize®
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spotLESS Materials makes sprayable coatings that repel liquid, sludge, bacteria, mineral deposits, and more.

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spotLESS Materials makes sprayable coatings that repel liquid, sludge, bacteria, mineral deposits, and more.

Biomimicry Fireside Chat: The Nature of Fashion: Moving Towards a Regenerative Model

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What can the fashion industry learn from nature’s circularity, and how can industry switch to a regenerative model that builds soil, boosts biodiversity, supports community, and cleans up existing pollution in the process?

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What can the fashion industry learn from nature’s circularity, and how can industry switch to a regenerative model that builds soil, boosts biodiversity, supports community, and cleans up existing pollution in the process?

How Coral Is Inspiring Eco-friendly Clothing

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Werewool is a biomaterials company that develops fibers with tailored aesthetic and performance properties. Inspired by nature, they design fibers at the DNA level to create sustainable textiles with inherent properties; creating low impact materials with a circular life cycle.

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Werewool is a biomaterials company that develops fibers with tailored aesthetic and performance properties. Inspired by nature, they design fibers at the DNA level to create sustainable textiles with inherent properties; creating low impact materials with a circular life cycle.

This Paint Inspired by Butterflies Could Be the Secret to Cooler Cities

Reprinted from Fast Company
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Cypris Materials has created a paint inspired by blue morpho butterfly wings, which get their color from blue lightwaves reflecting off the nanostructure of the wings themselves (up close you’ll see they’re actually translucent). Like butterfly wings, Cypris’ paint works through reflection, so color comes from particular lightwaves that reflect off the nanostructure of the paint. In short, this paint functions through structural color rather than chemical pigments or dyes.

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Cypris Materials has created a paint inspired by blue morpho butterfly wings, which get their color from blue lightwaves reflecting off the nanostructure of the wings themselves (up close you’ll see they’re actually translucent). Like butterfly wings, Cypris’ paint works through reflection, so color comes from particular lightwaves that reflect off the nanostructure of the paint. In short, this paint functions through structural color rather than chemical pigments or dyes.

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